PPP's released some pretty surprising polls in 2010- the first to find Scott Brown leading in the Massachusetts Senate race, the only one to find that Christine O'Donnell was poised for a huge upset in the Delaware Republican Senate primary- so as the year comes to a close here's one more: Wisconsin hates Brett Favre a lot more than Ohio hates LeBron James.
The survey we conducted in Wisconsin last weekend found that only 26% of voters in Wisconsin now have a favorable opinion of Favre and that more than twice as many- 55%- view him in a negative light.
A poll we released in early September found that James is generally disliked in Ohio as well but not to this extent- 34% had an unfavorable opinion of him to 19% with a positive one.
Favre is disliked by every demographic group of the electorate in Wisconsin but the greatest animosity toward him comes from women, 60% of whom have a negative opinion of him with only 21% seeing him positively. Apparently his texting habits didn't do much for his image with women in the state where he was once a hero.
The biggest difference between Favre and James' numbers is with African Americans. White voters in their respective states give the two similarly dismal reviews but James is still very popular with blacks in Ohio, sporting a 58/16 favorability rating. Favre gets no such boost in Wisconsin, with African Americans giving him a 19/49 favorability spread.
It's hard to say whether Favre's unpopularity is more because he left the Packers or because of his recent personal issues- all we asked was whether people viewed him favorably or not- but whatever the case is he's gone from being one of the most popular people in Wisconsin to one of the least popular people in it.
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